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Arts & Museums
This medium-sized art gallery features both established and emerging artists, with a view to exhibiting new work. The 75 Gallery gives artists the opportunity to display their work for the pleasure of others. About a dozen different exhibitions are hosted here each year, and the variety of visual art displayed is usually vibrant and exciting. Situated in the heart of the city on O'Connell Street, it is easily accessible and well worth a visit.
Built in 1838 by the Pery Square Tontine Company, this row of six terraced houses is regarded as the foremost surviving example of Georgian architecture in Ireland today. Most of the original woodwork, plasterwork and marbling remain intact in these beautifully preserved buildings. The impressive front doorways are expertly crafted from cut limestone. Other examples of Georgian architectural features can be found in the rear gardens. Ring for further details.
This gallery houses a superb collection of work by the internationally recognised artist Angela Woulfe. Woulfe is renowned for her oil paintings of Irish rural landscapes. Her ability to express the beauty of the countryside is captured in every brush stroke. The artist has exhibited her work in several locations around the world, and has had some of her work on show at the University of Johannesburg in recent years.
Limerick City Gallery of Art is the best location in Limerick to view artwork. The gallery houses some of the best contemporary pieces as well as fine art and Irish artwork from the 1700s to the modern works. You can view artwork from a wide range of artists, including Paul Henry, Dorothy Cross and Sean Keating. There is free admission to the gallery.
The pedestrianized Market Quarter is an area of Limerick which has a long and varied history of commercial trade. It was built in 1830 when it primarily sold corn and then dairy. The walls that surround the market are part of the original walls of Limerick. The area was restored in 1994 to its former glory, and it remains an important social and historic centre. Today the market is a thriving concern. On Saturdays a wide range of produce is for sale, including vegetables, homemade butter, jams, brown bread and cakes. Flowers and plants are also sold here. On Fridays the market takes on a different role when it provides an outlet for local craftspeople to display and sell their wares. The area becomes a hive of activity with the presence of buskers and street entertainers adding to the atmosphere. Adjacent to the market are some recently built shops, which sell a variety of items such as ethnic clothes and continental foods. A small art gallery displays a select range of work.
The Limerick Printmakers provide for artists in terms of facilities such as studio working space and participation in exhibitions as and when they join in as members. The exhibitions are held on a monthly basis with the studio premises and the working of the organization is funded by the Arts Council.
Built in the 1760s, this beautiful building is located in the heart of the city, where the River Shannon meets the River Abbey. The structure was designed by Italian architect Davis Ducart, and the architecture seen here is characteristic of his style. The Custom House is home to the splendid Hunt Museum, which houses an impressive art collection. You can further enjoy the architecture while dining in the appropriately-named Ducart's Restaurant.
The Hunt Museum houses an internationally renowned collection of artwork and antiquities dating from the stone age to the 21st century. It is particularly well known for its collection of religious works of art. Some of the artifacts and artwork on display are from the medieval period in Ireland; others come from as far away in space and time as ancient Greece and Rome. The collection also includes paintings by Renoir and Picasso, as well as the marvellous Limerick Mitre and Crozier, the Arthur Cross and the Arthur Chalice. The shop has a comprehensive selection of reminders from your day out, while Ducart's Restaurant features tasty, filling meals.
If you are looking for a place that can comprehensively give you an idea of the magnificence and peculiarities of Irish art, then the Limerick City Gallery of Art would be the ideal place. Though its permanent home is in the Carnegie Building, its off-site home in the Istabraq Hall is equally fascinating to visit. The hall itself is a pleasure to see, and the art exhibits inside enhance the visit. Do call to know more about the upcoming events and other details.
The Treaty Stone stands on a plinth across Thomond Bridge, on the opposite bank of the River Shannon from King John's Castle. It is a commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Limerick in 1691. The Treaty was drafted following two sieges that took place in the city. The Treaty was signed on this stone, subsequently known as the Treaty Stone. In the end, the Treaty of Limerick was never honored; the Penal Laws of the 18th century, in fact, were in direct contravention of it.
Located beside King John's Castle, this museum is home to an excellent array of displays depicting the varied history of the city of Limerick. A currency exhibition and a history of trade are among the areas showcased. The most notable items in the collection are the Civic Sword, the City Maces and the city charters of Charles I. Award-winning examples of Limerick lace are also on display. The museum is free to the public.
Castle Lane is a newly built Irish street scape, which has been designed to resemble a street of 18th and 19th century buildings. It links Nicholas Street at one end to the quays of the river Shannon on the other, and is adjacent to King John's Castle. Today this street is home to the Limerick Civic Museum and the Castle Lane Tavern, a very popular socializing center and entertainment venue.